Making my home office a space for me

When we first chose the style of new build home we wanted, we knew that the downstairs study room would end up being a playroom for Freya and the 4th bedroom would be my home office. After changing jobs in April to a role that allows me to work from home a lot more, I spent a couple of months working from the dining table until we moved and I was able to finally start working on my space.

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The home office was a real project as I didn’t want to spend a load of money on a desk and furniture. I browsed Ebay, Facebook Marketplace and Gumtree for days on end looking for a second hand desk until one day I spotted a bargain for £20. I now have a large corner Ikea desk that would have cost over £100 new and despite a few scratches, it’s in great condition. I was lucky enough to be bought an office chair from my mum and brother as a birthday present so I didn’t need to worry about comfort when sitting for the most part of the day.

The desk area and stool when I first set up the office prior to getting my nice comfy office chair to sit on.

Then it came to adding more touches to making it a real office space that allowed me to focus on work and be creative when it comes to my blog and crafting. I chose some pieces from Yes I Want It, that I knew I would love looking at day to day. My desk is usually pretty disorganised as I work in an organised chaos most times but I’m still moving things around position wise and really making it into a creative space.

As I said before, I’m still playing around with the position of the scratch map as the corner it sits in will be a crafting corner for me. I keep moving my planter around as I’m still unsure where I want that to sit shelf wise so it’s probably wise that I don’t fill it until I’m sure. I love the Prosecco sign so much and it’s made me want even more Neon in the house. Not sure I will get my husband on board with that one but I’ll leave it a while before I try to get any more in.

If you haven’t checked out Yes I Want It’s site then I would highly advise you to. I’ve already got my eyes on some board games and some of their fab Friends range.

Laura x

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Living Natural with Norfolk Natural Living

With the ever growing media attention (for good reason) on the Environment, we have been trying to be more mindful about our choices at home and living more sustainably. One of the swaps I have been consciously trying to make is the cleaning products that we use around the home.

Gone are the days where I watch cleaning Instagram stories or videos about the many products people are using to clean their homes. I can count on one hand the amount of products we have in the house for cleaning now as I made a point of using up what we had, and not rushing out to buy products for the sake of products.

Norfolk Natural Living recently reached out to me to review a couple of their wonderful products and without a moment of hesitation, I hopped onboard and offered to write a blog post in exchange for the products.

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Norfolk Natural Living are nestled in a small historic town in Norfolk where the bottle every formulation by hand in their workshop. All of their natural cleaning and garment care products are biodegradable, non-toxic, free from chlorine and bleach, use plant based ingredients and yet, are gentle enough for even a baby’s delicate skin. Even better is that they use PET packaging as it’s 100% recyclable and you can refill your bottles at their store in Holt if you are local.

The two products that I was sent to try out were the Garment Refresher and the Scented Vinegar. The first thing I noticed about the Garment refresher was the lavender scent that came from it. I have been trying to cut down on the number of washing loads we do in a week so this product has allowed me to wear a jumper multiple items without fear of it starting to smell a little worn.

I have successfully managed to reduce our washing machine usage in the last couple of weeks as a result of using this product and have genuinely only been washing clothes that need it. Win, Win!

Next up I tried the Scented Vinegar. I am no stranger to the cleaning powers of white vinegar and usually have a bottle at home to spray down toilet, plugholes to reduce limescale build up. This lovely product has a rose scent meaning it’s far less overpowering that your usual white vinegar smell. Picture me spraying loads into the toilet bowl and having to open windows as wide as possible. Well no longer!

A quick spray of this and it does the job and also leaves the bathrooms smelling great. I also found the best use in our house for this is for cleaning the induction hob and splashback which are both shiny surfaces. I found in the past that wiping them with a cloth still left a residue or marks on the surface which were very apparent in the light. Since using the scented vinegar, I have noticed no streaks or residue as a result and it only requires a small amount which is even better. A little certain goes a long way with this product.

Whilst I know these small changes aren’t the biggest impact right now, I know that we as a household are on the right track and with companies like Norfolk Natural Living putting in such hard work behind the scenes to create these wonderful products, it is even easier. I’ve already spied a few more products on their site that I want to get my hands on and transform the way I wash our clothes as well.

Laura x

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What we got Freya for her birthday

Just over 2 years ago, we became parents for the first time. Yesterday we celebrated Freya’s second birthday with family and friends and had an incredible day.

I know I’m always curious about what others are buying there little ones for birthday/Christmases etc as it usually gives me inspiration so I wanted to share what we gave Freya for her birthday this year.

Freya’s main present we purchased from Hobbycraft and it is a 3-in-1 Easel and accessory set.

Freya has loved this present and has been using it loads already. It’s very light and easy to move so we have already done some painting outside in the sunshine to avoid getting paint on the carpets. The accessory kit is fab and comes with a sheet and painting overall as well as paints, brushes and other art supplies.

Next up we purchased a Princess Anna dress up costume that I managed to get from Tu during their 25% off event. She wore this not long after getting it and kept saying she wanted to keep it on. Freya’s uncle has also purchased a couple of princess dresses for her so that we can turn a corner of her room into a dress up area.

She wasn’t in pain, just trying to say Cheese!

Next up we gave Freya a Peppa Pig Bamboo dinner set and apron that was kindly gifted to us from Gift Giving All Wrapped Up. Freya has loved using this every day since and now asks for the Peppa Pig plate and cup when having meals/snacks.

Lastly we gave Freya a ride on electric Ferrari car. This was actually something I won in a competition while I was pregnant so we didn’t actually purchase it. We knew at the time we would love to give our future child something like this but wouldn’t be able to spend that kind of money. We held onto it and kept it boxed up until Freya’s birthday when we got it out for her. Needless to say she loves it and all her friends had a go in it at the party yesterday as well.

Overall we spent around £40 on her birthday presents and she’s loved them all. I don’t want to spoil her for birthday’s/Christmases and she always is lucky with gifts from others anyway. My plan for Christmas this year is to purchase 1 main present then a few smaller things and am already keeping an eye out for sales/events to get the best deals.

Laura x

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